It was a grand graduation celebration Saturday (5/10)
Purdue Calumet’s 67th Commencement Exercises Saturday (5/10) at the Hammond Civic Center proved to be a wonderful university celebration. Nearly 650 graduation candidates participated in two ceremonies held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Raymond S. Smith, a computer science scholar, received the 50,000th degree awarded since Purdue Calumet’s first Commencement in 1967.
That year’s first degree recipient, Dr. John S. Brown, M.D., relished the opportunity to participate in the milestone observance. Smith and Dr. Brown received medallions presented by Chancellor Keon. Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science William Law also joined in the 50,000th degree recognition.
Among other proud graduates honored Saturday was Michael Roach, who was presented his diploma by his equally proud parents, faculty members Tom Roach, head, Dept. of Communication and Creative Arts/associate professor, and Susan Roach, limited term lecturer. Son Michael’s graduation marks the sixth degree earned at Purdue Calumet by the four children of Tom and Susan.
Alumnus Dave Roberts (Class of 1974), chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Companies Inc.—pictured with outgoing Student Government President Adam Cooper—addressed morning graduates, urging them to take advantage of the opportunity their degree affords.
Afternoon speaker Craig Pratt (Class of 1985), presented a “Top 10 things I have learned in life that I wish I could have told myself 30 years ago.”
Purdue President Mitch Daniels also joined in the celebration at both graduations as a member of the platform party.